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Four eating habits to embrace for easier budgeting

Healthy Eating - By Lolita Bunde
Eating together as a family is not just about budgeting but also bringing the family closer (Shutterstock)

One of the things that you will spend a good chunk of your money on is food. There is really no shortcut when it comes to eating, you can’t eat once a week, you simply have to eat every day. What we are left with is learning easier ways of budgeting for food and being able to save while at it.

If you are trying to cut down on costs to save more money, here are some eating habits you can adopt to make your budgeting easier:

  • Eating together as a family

This is one of the easiest ways you can plan yourself when budgeting for food. When everybody eats together, it is easy for you to gauge how much food you consume as a family, how much will be left there after and what you will need for the next day.

When household members eat at different times and separately, you won’t know how much food there is at every particular time in the house.

Besides, when your family eats together it is not just about budgeting but also bringing you closer as a family.

  • Eating what you love

The other secret to making your food budget work for you is cooking food you love. Remember that the most important time in a day is meal time, don’t ruin it by eating average food. Love your food and it will love you right back.

Although preparing home cooked meals can be tiring especially considering the time spend, working with food you enjoy will make the process easier and simpler and something to look forward to.

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Preparing food that you love also makes budgeting easy as you most likely already know the price and you can readily work around them.

Leftovers not only make great breakfast compliments but are also best for lunches (Shutterstock)
  • Making use of leftovers

How you handle your leftovers impacts the amount of money you end up spending on food. Leftovers not only make great breakfast compliments but are also best for lunches.

Since cooking during the day especially when you are alone or with just your children can be hard, you can simply whoop up something really quick using your leftovers and have a meal ready in no time.

When you make use of your leftovers it also means you will from time to time not need to budget for breakfast or lunch.

  • Cooking food enough for two meals

In most cases, you are going to cook food enough for a given mealtime or maybe lunch but always try to make food that overlap to the next meal, say make enough supper that can even cover a bit of lunch the following day.

Cooking food enough for two meals not only makes your work as the cook easier and also ensure you won’t have to think of a fresh meal idea for another 24 hours.

Cooking different meals every day means setting aside money for food each day. If you are not a fun of having the same meal twice, you can as well refrigerate the remainder to be eaten later into the week.

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